Many of us have been touched in some way by suicide or mental health issues. It may be through our own struggles or from the experiences of family members or friends. It isn’t always easy to recognise the common signs of distress or know the best way to talk to someone who may be having difficulties coping with life.
As part of the Suicide Prevention Small Grants program, the Mental Health Commission funded Tuart Place to run the following workshops in 2016 & 2017:
• Mental Health First Aid Workshop
• safeTALK workshop
• Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid
The first workshop program – Mental Health First Aid was run in October and November 2016. Topics covered included depression, panic attacks, anxiety, substance use, aggressive behaviours and many more.
The second workshop safeTALK ran on Wednesday 15th February 2017. safeTALK is a half-day workshop that teaches how to identify people at risk of suicide and connect them with outside help and resources. safeTALK’s proven, easy-to-follow steps are used around the world. Most people thinking about suicide don’t actually want to die, but they need help deciding to stay alive. You don’t need any prior training to attend safeTALK—just a willingness to make a difference.
The third workshop Aboriginal Mental health First Aid ran on May 3 and 4 2017. It provided information on how to give culturally appropriate assistance to adults who are suffering mental health issues. Topics included: depression, panic attacks, anxiety, substance abuse & more.